First of all look through the suggestions for your specialist subject. Pick one
that sparks some ideas. You will be giving people tips with your expert knowledge
and 60-90 seconds can feel like quite a long time when you’re making it up!
Eating an ice cream cone
Boiling an egg
Walking a pet pig
Playing hide and seek
Running a mile
Reading a newspaper
Taking out the bins
Playing Ping Pong
Searching for car keys
Telling a joke
Washing your hands
Swatting a fly
Whining to get your way
Next, think about your expert. What kind of person are they? How do they speak
– slow, fast, low, high? How do they move – flappy, smooth, like a commander? Use
your imagination or think about people you know for some inspiration. It will be
easier to write your monologue once you have your character in mind, as the script
will reflect your expert’s personality as well as their expertise.
Next, think of as many things as you can about the subject. Its origins, developments,
how people view it, why you’re passionate about it, how you can inspire others and
so on. Time for that imagination to kick in!
Remember the 5 Actors Tools
Finally, get ready to perform your expert speech. Can you add an element of costume?
And don’t worry, if you start recording and it all goes wrong, you can re-set it.